Elgin 15J grade 554 wrist watch #L251329, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, mint gold-toned metal dial with a brushed finish, black Arabic numbers and markers and a subsidiary seconds register, slender black steel hands, attractive yellow gold filled (YGF) & stainless steel (SS) square smooth polish case with a stepped detail between the fancy flame-shaped extended lugs, back is engraved "Harry M Weirich", case is showing normal even wear overall but the ends of each lug are starting to show small spots of brass, the original acrylic crystal has also been poorly glued into the bezel and there is some overflow showing at the edges, we can replace with a new plastic crystal at no charge if desired (see the Crystal Options tab to the left for details), measures approx. 25mm wide x 34mm lug to lug x 9mm thick (crystal included), unusual Spidel brown leather strap band with a braided detail section on both sides. A handsome, high quality vintage Elgin in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1946-1947
- Company: Elgin
- Jewels: 15J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: grade 554
- Serial #: L251329
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: gold
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow, Stainless Steel
Case Width, without crown:
25mm (0.98 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
The Elgin watch company, out of Elgin, Illinois, was in business from 1864-1964, and while active, was the largest-producing American watch company, manufacturing an estimated half of all pocket watches ("dollar" watches not included). By 1956 they had produced over 55 million pocket and wrist watches.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Elgin serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a about the company.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Elgin Pocket Watches
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.